Exciting news for yellow fedora hat lovers, Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision broke news today that Archie Comics will begin publishing an all-new Dick Tracy monthly comic in April 2018. Writers Alex Segura and Michael Moreci will join artist Thomas Pitilli and colorist Dee Cunniffe in producing the new comic which goes back to the golden age of Dick Tracy, just after the second world war. Segura (who is also the Archie Comics’ Co-President) and Moreci will begin with a year one debut, allowing readers to see Dick Tracy at the start of his detective career and how some of the most famous rogues in his gallery met their match.
I’m dying to drop the details and awesome new Tracy look on the Depot, but instead I encourage you to read how it went down at the Hollywood Reporter and then pop over and get a first glimpse of Pitilli’s Dick Tracy at Newsarama. Dick Tracy #1 will be on sale both April 11th!
Update: Sadly due to a licensing issue on the Tribune’s part, this comic will not in fact be happening.
Archie Comics DICK TRACY Series Not Happening After All
Nick Caputo writes comic articles and essays and is the author of the blog, Marvel Mysteries and Comics Minutiae. Nick’s latest work is a loving article about growing up reading the Dick Tracy comic strip during the space age era. Like many who started reading Tracy during the moon period, these stories were not strange and contrary to the gritty 30’s and 40’s crime capers that their parents grew up with but were exciting introductions to a detective who could go to the Moon and back to solve a crime. If you have the time, head on over to Nick’s blog for a read!
Just a quick Tracy news item to pass along. Russ Burlingame of Comicbook.com caught up with Joe Staton at the New York Comic Con last weekend and talked at length about the upcoming Dick Tracy / the Spirit crossover and also dropped some exciting news for fans of his and Nicola Cuti’s E-Man series. I encourage getting the heck out of here and checking it out!
Happy October Tracy fans, hope you are enjoying the wrap-up of the Blackheart case after an explosive finale. With the action easing up I thought you might be interested in a something a bit different and I might have just that with a Dick Tracy retrospective podcast.
Kelly and Johnny of Place 2 Be Nation have launched a monthly Imaginary Stories podcast where they discuss classic comic books and strips with an emphasis on history and lesser known bits of information. For their second podcast the boys are targeting the Dick Tracy comic strip and the pair spend a couple hours with a thorough retrospective.
Among the topics discussed on this show…
- The story of the strip’s creation in 1931 by Chester Gould
- A decade by decade look at the most memorable story lines and characters
- An exploration of Tracy in other media over the years, including an in-depth look at the 1990 movie
- And much much more at during the 3 hour broadcast.
So if you have some time, hop on over to their podcast page and enjoy a journey into the past.
For those of you who are interested, Oklahoma Magazine has a nice “Life and Times of Chester Gould” article for your reading pleasure, including comments by Mike Curtis. I’ve always found the below story about Tess and Tracy’s marriage interesting.
Perhaps the reason Gould’s characters seemed so real to so many was that their creator viewed them in much the same way.
“Around Christmas of 1949,” says Curtis, “an interview with Gould came out in The Saturday Evening Post, and one of the questions the reporter asked him was, ‘Is Tracy ever going to get married?’ Gould said, ‘No, he doesn’t have time for it. He doesn’t have time to get married. So he never will.’
“Because of the prep time on articles, by the time it came out in the Post, Tracy had eloped with Tess Truehart. So the magazine contacted him again, asking him, ‘What about this?’ And Gould just shook his head, smiled, and said, ‘Tracy never tells me anything.’”
Source: The Life & Times of Chester Gould – Oklahoma Magazine